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'Hundreds of us will die in Raqqa': the women fighting Isis - The Guardian

Kimberley Taylor from Blackburn is part of the all-female Kurdish force battling to rout Islamic State. Driving them on is the chance to free women enslaved by the extremists: 'It starts with fighting Daesh, then the mentality of the male'. by Mark ...and more »

US-backed forces push against IS in slowed Raqqa campaign - Reuters

BEIRUT (Reuters) - U.S.-backed forces fighting Islamic State in Syria took several neighborhoods from the militant group in the town of Tabqa on Friday, they said in a statement, part of a campaign to oust Islamic State from its stronghold in Raqqa city.and more »

The scramble for eastern Syria: A new Great Game - Middle East Eye

After the Syrian regime's recapture of Aleppo in December 2016 and the consequential pushing and cornering of major rebel forces into Idlib, the tide of the Syrian civil war was decisively turned in favour of the government. Ever since, it has mainly ...and more »

US forces in buffer zone to block Turk-Kurdish fighting - Washington Times

The distinctive green and gold banner of the Syrian Kurdish militia known as the YPG flew alongside the Stars and Stripes this week, as U.S. troops and Kurdish paramilitaries took up positions in northern Syria's enclave of Rojava. The combination ...and more »

Kurdish forces 'take 90 percent' of Syria's Tabqa -

Kurdish forces are reported to have taken 90 percent of Tabqa city in Syria's Raqqa province from ISIL amid clashes that have left an estimated 19 people dead. The claim was made by the official spokesperson for Ghadab al-Furat, a Kurdish group ...and more »

Islamic State fighters pushed out of old portion of strategically important Tabqa - Christian Science Monitor

US-backed forces have retaken about 60 percent of the town, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. Syrian Democratic Forces/AP. This Sunday photo provided by the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), shows fighters from the SDF patrolling in ...and more »

US-backed Syria force advances against IS in Tabqa: monitor - Daily Mail

Members of the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces stand on the Tabqa dam partially recaptured during their drive on the Islamic State group's stronghold in nearby Raqa. A US-backed Kurdish-Arab alliance is advancing against the Islamic State group in ...and more »

Kurdish fighters 'negotiating with IS' to withdraw from Tabqa - The New Arab

The negotiations are being conducted through intermediaries and dignitaries, in order for IS to retreat from the first, second and third neighbourhoods of Tabqa. Tags: Tabqa, Raqqa, SDF, Kurdish fighters, IS. Kurdish fighters are negotiating with ...and more »

A waterway lifeline for US-backed Syria force fighting IS - Daily Mail

A member of the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces splashes water at Lake Assad on April 29, 2017. As US-backed fighters advance on the Islamic State group's de facto Syrian stronghold Raqa, a waterway "corridor" has become a key supply line, and an ...and more »

US-backed forces battle IS last pocket in Syria's Tabqa - Daily Mail

A member of the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces, made up of an alliance of Arab and Kurdish fighters, removes an Islamic State group flag in the town of Tabqa on April 30, 2017. US-backed fighters battled to clear the Islamic State group from a ...and more »